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Polina Kyriushko – American Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship in Germany

Name: Polina Kyriushko

Class Year: 2017

Hometown: Odessa, Ukraine

Major(s): Economics, German

Opportunity and Year: AmCham US-German Internship Program, Summer 2015

Project Summary: The AmCham internship program offers American students an opportunity to pursue a three-month summer internship in a German company. Although most companies are financial institutions, other firms outside the finance industry are also available. Participating companies are able to view students’ profiles on the AmCham web-site and select a candidate who matches their criteria.

I am interning at DZ Bank in Frankfurt in the Strategy and Control Department. DZ Bank is a cooperative bank that functions both as a corporate and investment bank and as a central institution for the local cooperative banks. DZ BANK fulfils the holding function for the DZ BANK Group, which consists of various specialized financial institutions, such as Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall, a building society; TeamBank, a provider of consumer finance; Union Investment Group, an asset management company; and others.

The main task of my department is to analyze the performance of different operating divisions of the bank and support a strategic dialogue between DZ’s subsidiaries and the management board. My daily work involves analyzing financial statements, calculating financial ratios, creating PowerPoint presentations for both our internal divisions and external clients, and translating numerous documents and presentations into English.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? I heard about the program thanks to the German department, which supported me at all stages of the application process. I am very grateful to my professors for the great language courses that enabled me to efficiently communicate in German without facing a strong language barrier.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? I was always interested in pursing a finance internship in Germany, and AmCham offered me a great opportunity to do it. Germany has always attracted me as an important financial center and a strong European economy that supports the integrity of the European Union. In addition, the internship offers me a great opportunity to improve both my professional and my language skills.

Post-graduation Plans: I am planning to study at the London School of Economics (LSE) during my junior year. After graduation, I would like work at a consulting firm, which will provide a great opportunity to acquire useful financial skills and broaden my understanding of different industries beyond the business segment. I would eventually like to obtain an MBA degree after a couple years of work experience. However, I would also like to stay open to different opportunities.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? Pursuing an internship in Germany will give me a valuable cultural and working experience and help me to better understand my skills, capabilities, and interests.

Extracurricular Involvement:

  • Member of Technology Group, Williams Investment Society
  • Co-founder and Treasurer, British Parliamentary Debate Club
  • Project Manager, The General Development Initiative (microfinance)
  • President and Founder, Russian-speakers’ Social Club
  • Peace Corps Ambassador
  • Education Volunteer, ESOL

Off-campus Experience:

  • June 2014 – German Intensive Course at IIK Düsseldorf in Berlin
  • July 2014 – Education volunteer in Accra, Ghana, supported by Erik T. Woolley Fellowship
  • Currently – Leader of a business project (Aseda) within the Citadel Foundation for Kids, an international non-profit organization with offices in Virginia and Ghana

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